Hotel Diplomat, Stockholm $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Like its next-door neighbor, the Esplanade, the Diplomat is family-owned and has a prime waterfront location on this very desirable street, and while the former is all old-fashioned charm, the Diplomat is hip and modern. The T/Bar lounge hosts a thriving after-work bar scene, and decor in the most recently renovated doubles (there are 129 rooms total) have a Scandinavian bent with great DUX beds and lots of blond-wood furniture. Spend a little extra for a room in the front with water views. Bathrooms are well-stocked with L'Occitane products. The location is ideal for strolling over to Djurgården, the greenest of the city's islands, and exploring the fashionable shops on Östermalm.